Pet Dental Care
Dental care is an essential part of your pet’s health care routine and can impact his or her overall health. Regular professional dental exams and cleanings, as well as at-home care, will keep your pet’s teeth strong and healthy for years to come. Without proper dental care, your pet may suffer from gingivitis, periodontal disease, and painful infections that can even affect other organs.
Professional Dental Care at Kindness Animal Hospital
Kindness Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing the following comprehensive, preventative dental services for both dogs and cats:
- Thorough dental examinations
- Comprehensive dental cleanings and polishing
- Minor oral surgery including, but not limited to, tooth extractions, fistula repairs, and removal of oral tumors
- Comprehensive pain management before, during and after any oral procedure that may produce discomfort
- Monitored general anesthesia through the dental procedure by our knowledgeable, well-trained technicians with the aid of digital monitoring equipment
- Home dental care instructions and product recommendations
Dental Scaling With Anesthesia
Appropriate professional teeth cleaning requires the use of anesthesia. The use of anesthesia allows us to observe, evaluate, and clean all surfaces of the teeth, probe the gum line for pockets, and obtain x-rays to screen for problems below the gum line. Anesthesia also allows us to protect your pet’s airway and lungs from the bacteria liberated during cleaning. As an AAHA accredited practice, we do not recommend, nor do we perform, “non-anesthetic” dental cleanings. Click the following link to visit the Animal Veterinary Dental College (ADVC) website for more information.
At-Home Dental Care for Your Pet
Brushing your cat’s or dog’s teeth on a daily basis significantly reduces the buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is an accumulation of bacteria that can lead to periodontitis if ignored. Periodontitis causes pain and chronic oral infections which can lead to bone loss and eventually tooth loss.
Kindness Animal Hospital can provide you with advice and various options on how to care for your dog’s or cat’s teeth at home. Call us today to speak with us about your pet’s dental care or to schedule a dental exam.
Symptoms of Pet Dental Disease
Please call us to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians if your dog or cat is exhibiting any of these signs of dental disease:
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight
- Bad breath
- Loss of teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth